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How to exfoliate your face

From dullness, to congestion, smoothness and even helping the skin to absorb products better, exfoliation is a vital step in every woman’s skincare routine. But what is the best way to safely exfoliate your face and what do you need to know?

What is exfoliation? 

Exfoliation simply explains the process of removing dead skin cells from the skin’s surface. This can be done in a few ways such as chemical exfoliation using acids like salicylic or glycolic, or physical exfoliation with a cloth or cleansing tool.  

Why is it important to exfoliate your skin? 

The skin naturally sheds old skin cells during its natural renewal process that happens approximately every 30 days. But sometimes dead skin can hang around and not shed completely which is why you may notice your skin becoming dry, dull and congested. Using skincare that either chemically or physically exfoliates the skin will help it to look brighter, smoother and more even.  

How to exfoliate your face  

Most dermatologists recommend using a chemical exfoliant as physical techniques can irritate and damage the skin’s protective barrier. At SkinCeuticals we recommend using either a cleanser, toner or serum to add an exfoliating element to your skincare routine. You should try to not add too many exfoliants into your routine at once as this can cause irritation and leave the skin exposed and sensitive.  

Exfoliating Cleansers  

An exfoliating cleanser is a great way of brightening and clearing the skin while also helping the products you apply afterwards to absorb more effectively . Try SkinCeuticals Glycolic Renewal Cleanser to bring a rejuvenated look to the complexion with a true 8% glycolic acid. If you have an oily or blemish-prone complexion, try SkinCeuticals Blemish & Age Cleanser that combines glycolic and salicylic acid  in a formula to remove makeup while accelerating skin surface exfoliation - brightening the look of the skin.  

Exfoliating toners  

Toners are a gentle way to exfoliate the skin and also leave it feeling fresh and ultra-clean after cleansing. SkinCeuticals Equalising Toner, for example, balances and refreshes the skin while exfoliating away dead skin cells leaving softer, smoother skin behind. If you are also concerned with ageing signs and blemishes, SkinCeuticals Blemish & Age Toner has a low pH solution that removes surface skin cells and decongests pores with a formula enriched in LHA, Glycolic and Salicylic acids. Apply a toner to dry skin after cleansing and follow with your usual serum, moisturiser and sunscreen. 

Exfoliating serums  

While you may think of serums as hydrators, they can also be a really effective way of delivering exfoliating acids to the skin. SkinCeuticals Retexturing Activator uses a dual-action technique to simultaneously exfoliate and replenish the skin with moisture. If previous treatments such as peels or physical exfoliation have damaged your skin barrier, this serum also helps to reinforce it for healthier more radiant-looking complexion. You can then follow with your usual moisturiser and a broad-spectrum sunscreen such as SkinCeuticals Mineral Matte UV Defense.  

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